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What did you love best about Unknown Pleasures?
It's like sitting next to Peter Hook in a bar, while he tells you the story of Joy Division from his perspective. Oh, sure, there's controversy over who has the right to call themselves what, and sure the band had their differences, but this is Peter Hook's version of the tale. And it's a *great* listen - well-told, fascinating, and definitely gives you a new insight into who Ian Curtis was.
You can even hear the narrator start to choke up at times, when he thinks about the old days.
If I had one complaint... the timelines don't necessarily work as well in audio form as they might in a book, where you can easily skip over them, or go back to them for reference. I found myself thinking "get on with it" as Hook listed off yet another show Joy Division played at yet another club with yet another description of how "we sounded sh*te, Bernard bruised his elbow..." etc. etc.
The rest of the book, though... no one but Peter Hook could have narrated this story. His style is relaxed and natural and really fun to listen to.
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Would you consider the audio edition of Unknown Pleasures to be better than the print version?
I haven't read the print version, but the author's narration of the audio version I believe must have added a lot to the text. It doesn't sound so much as if he's reading, but telling a story.
What other book might you compare Unknown Pleasures to and why?
Other biographies and autobiographies read by the author.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
I never listen to a book in one sitting, but I listened to this one every chance I got.
Any additional comments?
3 of 3 people found this review helpful